It has been such a blessing to be part of this family in the Lord’s church. The great love for one another that is shared and the servant’s attitude that runs throughout. The service provided to those in need lately has been answered by the ones who could in a great way. We thank you for always going out of your way for others and putting others before yourself. What a wonderful Christian attitude, thank you for your examples.
Ephesians 3:14-21; "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."
Thanks for being that great example of a church family rooted and grounded in Christ. For being servants to whatever we are called to do. We are being blessed by our God and have much to do in service to Him. So may we all be firmly rooted and ready to grow in Him. May our servant’s hearts here in Ripon abound always.
In Him Chuck
My daughter Jenny, at about 4 years of age, was trying to explain an apparently very difficult idea to her grandma. After several unsuccessful tries at an explanation, grandma again told Jenny, “I’m sorry but I still can’t figure out what you are telling me.” Jenny, being a little frustrated said, “Grammy, it’s easy to explain but it’s hard to understand.” This happens to me frequently. How about you?
An example of this is found in the book of Romans 5:8-11.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
Easy to explain, hard to understand! Thank you God for your tremendous love that we may never understand while on this earth. Someday it will be made clear to us, just as the words of some of our favorite hymns state: “In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore.” “He prepared us a dwelling place there.” “Christ died for us while we were sinners.” Hard to comprehend. Oh, what a Savior we have!
The year is now 2018 and we are getting closer to being in our new building and we are all looking forward to that day. We will have to get up on Sunday morning, yes we all have been sleeping in later than before the building was sold. We have only been meeting once on the Lord’s Day, that will change, hallelujah! We will need to change our habits! There is one thing for sure we all will be ready to make the change. Most of us have always spent most of our Sundays in the church building, I am ready.
Now we need to take advantage of our new building to bring souls in, new souls that have never heard the good news. There will be many challenges when we do bring new folks in. Many may have teachings in their lives that are different than what the Bible teaches. We don't need to run them off with unkind words, we will need to teach, love and care for them. We need to watch what we say and how we talk to them, souls are important to God! We now have maybe 10 or 12 weeks ahead of us to prepare. We are about ready to meet people we have never before had any contact with. As I think about the love that does happen here and who we are all very close to, will that same love be shown to the new people we meet? I would encourage all of us extend our hand of fellowship to all. Don’t stay in the groups of people you are comfortable with but be part of this new challenge that is before us. I do know, that we have a short window of opportunities with some of the people that may come through our doors, let us all be ready.
In the new building we will find new places to sit and new places to go and we will figure out where the classes are. How will the singing sound? Where do we park? No more rushing through all-in-one. I look forward to that day.
God has given to each of us, the ability to make choices in our lives. Along with that ability comes responsibility. We are then accountable for our actions, whatever they are. We can live by the pattern God has given us, or what the world has to offer. How important that decision is, when it comes to our eternity. We understand that the lives we live need to be patterned after Christ. So, what does that entail?
Jesus knew the scriptures and so should we. Jesus knew how to treat people, and so should we. Paul writes in Gal 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control: against such things there is no law.” Our responsibility is to put these nine fruits of the Spirit into our lives.
Love, it seeks to do others good and never seeks to do them harm. Joy, this joy does not depend upon outward circumstances but upon, one’s faith and trust in God. Peace, when one has peace, it is easy for him be a peacemaker and live at peace with all men. Patience, it is keeping the right attitude towards those who annoy, oppose or ridicule. Kindness comes out of a loving heart. Goodness, to be good to others means one helps and aids others, and is generous. Faithfulness means loyalty, fidelity and trustworthiness which includes being faithful and true to God. Gentleness, it can be a quiet spirit which suffers wrong without resentment. And Self-control, this is a person who is able to control his life by principles of right instead of by his desires and wants. Let us all make our light shine in a world of darkness and be responsible for our actions.
We sing the old song Trust and Obey. This old song is very dear to many of us who have sung this song many time in our lives. The chorus in the song says, “For there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” When we say we trust in what the song says, does that mean we have complete trust in what we are singing? Do we really think about what we are saying in the song? Do we trust in what we are singing? When we sing to our God it means we put our hearts in it and give full attention to what we are doing, no other ideas in our head but to praise our wonderful and loving God. “I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised.” What a great blessing it is to sing songs of praise to our Lord and to trust and obey. Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.” Amen!!! Obey is the other part to this song. If we don’t obey then we really don’t believe. That would be a sad condition to be in and I am sure no one wants to be in that position. So, when we sing that song Trust and Obey we remember that trust and obeying need to go hand in hand. To be happy in Jesus there is no other way and likewise the Lord will not be happy with us if we don’t trust and obey. Now that is not where we need to be. Acts 5:29 “But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men.” Amen!!
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